May 23 open houses planned on draft concepts for construction of ‘complete streets’ on 10th Street and Boulevard of the Arts in Sarasota

Sessions planned in City Hall Annex in the afternoon

This rendering shows facets of a ‘complete street.’ Image courtesy City of Sarasota

During two upcoming open houses, representatives of the City of Sarasota will unveil draft concepts for the construction of “complete streets” on 10th Street and Boulevard of the Arts, the city has announced.

The open houses are planned for Monday, May 23, at the SRQ Media Studio in the City Hall Annex, which is located at 1565 First St. in downtown Sarasota, a city news release says.

The session on Boulevard of the Arts west of U.S. 41 is scheduled from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the focus will shift to the Boulevard of the Arts and 10th Street east of U.S. 41, the release adds.

community survey about the project, which was conducted in February, received more than 1,000 responses, the release points out. The public’s vision then was “incorporated into the conceptual designs,” the release notes.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the draft concepts and be able to share comments that “will help transform these corridors and the Boulevard of the Arts-U.S. 41 intersection,” the release points out.

This graphic shows the locations of the projects and connectivity plans. Image courtesy City of Sarasota

“A complete street is an age-friendly design that promotes safe travel to and from a destination, whether walking, biking, riding transit or driving a vehicle,” the release explains. “It’s also accessible to all who utilize it and provides a sense of place for the community. Each complete street is unique to the community and can include different features,” the release adds, such as enhanced sidewalks, street lighting, benches, street trees and landscaping and public art, the release says.

The city website adds that an additional goal with the two projects is to link communities to recreational trails, employment centers, parks, essential services, public amenities, the Rosemary District, Central Cocoanut, Gillespie Park, the Quay, downtown Sarasota, and The Bay Park, which is on the city’s waterfront.